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Functionally Low.

Blood Sugars, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 9 Comments

The Dexcom yelled at me from the kitchen table – “BEEEEP, BEEEEP, BEEEEP!” – and I double-checked the alarm just to make sure I was actually low, since I’d been basal testing all morning long and I’m always wary of my graph when it’s nice-happy-in-range. (Note:  It’s really, really easy to test basal rates when you take a red eye…

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A Day Late, an Islet Short.

Uncategorized By May 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I missed the last day of Diabetes Blog Week, but I’m determined to follow through on the prompts, because I love being part of this community. The last prompt is to highlight some of the work we’ve loved reading this past week:  “As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things. This can…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Life-Hacks.

Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By May 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

I feel like the beginning of Diabetes Blog Week had so many prompts that really tapped the emotionally-saturated side of my diabetes management that I’m spent.  But I didn’t want to phone it in today for the last weekday post, so I’m pulling myself up by the bloggy bootstraps and putting my hacker hat on.  (Damn, Gina – that sounds…

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D-Blog Week: What Brings Me Down … and Then Back Up.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 20 Comments

Diabetes has made my body broken in ways I don’t readily admit, but I am sometimes forced to acknowledged.  People talk about my daughter’s chances of developing the disease and they always give me what they think is a comforting comment – “At least it would be the devil you know,” – but that doesn’t ease my boxed-away fears and…

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D-Blog Week: Diabetes Poetry.

Dexcom, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Uncategorized By May 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 16 Comments

Today is Poetry Day for Diabetes Blog Week, and I’m paying homage to one of our favorite books here in the run-by-a-four-year-old Sparling household – Room on the Broom. There’s Room, I Assume? The Girl has a panc And islets that were blank And a long history With no pancreas thanks. Oh but how the Girl worked And how the…

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Lies.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Memories, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 15 Comments

I used to lie to my pediatric endocrinologist.  (Not proud of this.) She’d sit at her desk and look through the logbook with all my blood sugars mapped out (this was back in the day when my mom and I collaborated on logging my blood sugars, which meant that they were often accounted for), sometimes with a furrowed brow. “So…

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Safety.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes and Emotions By May 1, 2014 Tags: , , , 13 Comments

The beeeeep, beeeeeep of the Dexcom wakes us, showing the above-the-threshold red line indicating a high blood sugar. “Why so high?” And I thought about the low last night.  It was a gross one, with the shaking hands and the pajamas that needed to be changed because I sweated through my t-shirt and the hairdryer needed to be used because…

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Mommy’s Little Pack Mule.

Blood Sugars, Diabetic Mommy, Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By April 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

Running alone brings out the Spibelt, and I cram it full of my on-the-move necessities:  glucose tabs, Dexcom receiver, keys, and phone.  Even though it’s reasonably streamlined and doesn’t bother me too much to tote around all that stuff, it’s a bulkier system than, oh, I don’t know … making my own insulin. But lo!  The child rides a bike! …

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Dexcom Real Estate: Lower Back Edition.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Robot Life By April 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the better part of the last seven years, I’ve been wearing my continuous glucose monitor sensor on my outer thigh.  I rotate this site in terms of not placing the next sensor right on top of where the old one was, but for the most part, my legs dominated CGM real estate choices, and I liked it that way….

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Warning: The One About UTIs.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By April 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 13 Comments

The last time I had a urinary tract infection was about ten years ago. I used to get them every once in a while, and while I’m sure it was horrible at the time, these infections weren’t frequent enough to make a mark on my memory.  I know that ‘feeling,’ of the twinge of pain after urinating when the muscles…

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LEGO Easter Robot.

Dexcom, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By April 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

Easter morning dawned bright and early (with a confused little Bird wondering about the strange relationship that appeared to be in place between her parents and a giant bunny).  Egg hunt, breakfast, and then off to visit relatives throughout the day. Easter has always been one of those “Sunday best” holidays in my family, where people dust off their dresses…

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So Maybe Don’t ALWAYS Pre-Bolus.

Blood Sugars, Diet and Food, Pumping Insulin By April 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

I like to pre-bolus.  It helps keep my post-meal blood sugar spikes from rocketing out of range and taking a sizable bite out of my overall diabetes control.  (… I’m sorry.  I laugh every time I type the word “control.”  It’s not a word I toss around lightly when it comes to diabetes.  I’m not Janet Jackson.) The art of…

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